Ever wonder what somebody who lives in a pineapple under the sea actually eats? The answer may surprise you! SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends have rather imaginative culinary tastes that range from the sweet — like fruit-filled hot dog buns — to the savory — like cheese-filled mushroom caps. The folks over at Nickelodeon have put together 50 SpongeBob-inspired recipes designed to get kids involved in the kitchen. More edible projects than complex recipes, SpongeBob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook ($12) introduces tots to cooking terms while indicating the recipes' difficulty levels so parents know when to involve their kids. In true SpongeBob fashion, the book is filled with wacky banter between the show's characters, all in the name of foodie fun. Check out three creative recipes straight from the book!
Give it a squeeze! My home converted to the ways of squeezable nourishment as soon as my lil one started solid foods. We' now tote packs of pureed organic fruits and veggies with us everywhere we go. But to my older tot, the pouches are nothing more than baby food. He sees his younger brother suck down spinach, pear, and pea combinations that he wouldn't dare try himself. Even when I offered him all fruit versions, he'd tell me they were for babies, "not big boys like me."
So when Nature's Child sent over their Nickelodeon Squeezers ($3 for a box of four), I was sure he would turn up his nose. Rather, he took one look at SpongeBob on the packet and declared them a big boy treat. Having been around the block a few times, I was certain that this character-laden snack would be packed with sugar, preservatives, and other nasties like many cartoon products are. Much to my surprise, the packs (adorned with either SpongeBob or Dora) are packed with 100 percent all natural fruit, without any added sugar.
Who is this product designed for? The packs are great for families on the go. Stick a few in the car, mama's purse, or a tot's lunch box, and hungry kids can get one full serving of fruit with a single squeeze.
Is it practical? I'm already a believer in the wonders of squeezable packets, and these don't disappoint. Fruits can be consumed mess-free – without the need for utensils or napkins – and don't have to be refrigerated until they're opened.
What is the deal with SpongeBob SquarePants? It's a show about a sponge that wears khaki shorts, lives in a pineapple, has a seastar best friend, works at a crab shack, and giggles like a giddy girl, and it has become one of pop culture's most beloved cartoons over the past decade. Nickelodeon took a chance on an outlandish concept and it has paid off big time.
As a 23-year-old single girl in New York, I was hooked on the toon. Holed up in my shoebox apartment, I found hilarity in the absurdity of SpongeBob SquarePants. Nearly 10 years later, I sit here typing for a mommy blog as my young daughter chuckles at Squidward's remarks. She rarely gets to watch the show, but when she hears the catchy jingle she goes bananas. Most kids adore the quirky characters that live in Bikini Bottom while their mothers have a love-hate relationship with the animated show. For the mamas that find the fascination mind boggling, remember what you forced your parents to watch — Snorks, the Jetsons, Jem, or the Smurfs! Talk about a cult following — those blue mushroom dwellers certainly had an odd vibe about them.
In honor of the porous fellow's celebration, Madame Tussauds has revealed the SpongeBob SquarePants wax figurine in Times Square. There may be extra incentive for mums to take their wee ones to the exhibit — David Beckham and the likes are lining up to have a look-see at the jellyfish-riding birthday boy.
What are your thoughts on SpongeBob SquarePants?
I can't believe it's been 10 whole years since SpongeBob SquarePants came bounding enthusiastically into our living rooms, but it's true! To mark the occasion, tonight VH1 will air Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants, an original SpongeBob SquarePants TV documentary. Then, from July 17-19, Nickelodeon will air a 50-hour "event," hosted by Patchy the Pirate, which "will include an unprecedented 11 SpongeBob premieres and a top-10 countdown of celebrities' favorite SpongeBob episodes."
Here are a few more details on tonight's documentary, produced by Wordplay's Creadon O'Malley:
Commissioned by Nickelodeon to commemorate the anniversary of the series' first episode, the documentary chronicles the beloved character's journey to international pop culture icon status and showcases the series' impact on everyone from President Barack Obama, kids across the globe and San Quentin inmates who readily sing its catchy theme song. The one-hour documentary, features an opening song from Avril Lavigne and commentary from creator Steve Hillenburg, cast and crew members, industry experts, fanatics and celebrities like LeBron James, Ricky Gervais and Rosario Dawson.
Aww. I can't wait to tune in for this. Technically SpongeBob SquarePants is a kids' show, but it's so clever and witty, I actually watch it fairly regularly with my friends because it often makes me laugh way more than certain adult comedies do. I used to think Squidward was my favorite character but I also have a major soft spot for the evil schemer, Plankton.
Are you a SpongeBob fan? Do you have a favorite character or episode?
- Johnny Depp will lend his voice to SpongeBob SquarePants for the episode "SpongeBob vs. the Big One," premiering Friday, April 17. — Zap2It
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- Finally! Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has inked a two-year, seven-figure deal with Lionsgate TV to continue working on the series. — E! Online
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- The documentarian duo behind Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A., Patrick Creadon and Christine O’Malley, will write, direct, and produce a one-hour documentary about SpongeBob SquarePants. — Variety
- Meet the guy who keeps track of Lost's crazy plotlines and time twists. — New York Times
I can't think of anything more miserable than feeling under the weather, shoving a thermometer up your rear (you know, it can go there) and then hearing: "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob! SquarePants!" That's exactly what the Musical SpongeBob Digital Thermometer does. It takes your temp and concludes with a musically-induced headache. Some may confuse this for a kiddie thermometer, but last I heard, child abuse ain't something we encourage in these parts. Click here to hear Bob the temp-taker in action.
In order to get children more interested in fruit, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer now appear on packs of apples, pears, cherries, nectarines and even edamame (soybeans).
"My goal is to have every fruit a kid would want to eat with a Nickelodeon character," says Sherice Torres, licensing vice president at Nickelodeon. "We're trying to see how many places we can use our characters to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables."